US grants Apple tariff exemptions despite Trump’s earlier no-go

The US has granted exemptions from tariffs on elements for Apple’s new Mac Pro and on some equipment made in China. This comes amid a wider easing of duties on Chinese items, however contrasts with President Trump’s earlier remarks.

According to the notices revealed by the Office of the US Trade Representative within the Federal Register on Friday, Apple has been given approval for 10 of its 15 requests for tariff exemptions.

Although the corporate builds its new Mac Pro computer systems on US soil, some structural elements for the units – like, for example, circuit boards– are manufactured in China and due to this fact are topic to Trump’s 25% levies. These circuit boards have been granted a tariff exemption, as have Mac Pro stainless-steel exterior enclosure, completed Magic Mice and Magic Trackpads. Several requests are nonetheless beneath a substantive evaluation by the commerce regulator.

Apple had filed formal requests for the exemptions with President Donald Trump’s administration again in July. The firm’s reasoning for the desired exemptions in its preliminary submitting was that “there aren’t any different sources for th[ese] proprietary, Apple-designed element[s].” Apple argued that tariffs on its merchandise might scale back its contribution to the US economic system and “weigh on Apple’s international competitiveness” as Chinese tech producers are the primary opponents of the merchandise Apple makes.